LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review: The Best 5K Monitor for Mac

Is it a good piece of kit? Come with us as we break it down and find out. Here is our LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review.

The LG Ultrafine 5K monitor for Mac is a powerful display that fits in very well with Mac systems. It is easy to set up and versatile. Let’s take a look at some quick-fire pros and cons and some key specifications before we delve into our breakdown a little deeper.

Pros:

  • Wonderful color range and brightness
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Decent microphone quality
  • The design is smooth and sleek

Cons:

  • A little unstable when at full height
  • High price

Key Specifications:

Display – 5120 x 2800 pixels
Aspect ratio – 6 x 9
27 inch screen
24.63 x 2.12 x 14.77 inch dimensions
Weighs 14.11 pounds

Design

The LG UltraFine 5K monitor is clean, sleek, and smooth. It is clad with plastic black bezels and LG clearly did not want to take any risks in trying to make the design look slightly more interesting as some of its competitors.

The display stand that comes with it is fully height adjustable – great for people of all different heights and ages, but when extended to its maximum height it becomes a little unstable and wobbly which is something to take into account if that’s something you would normally be doing. Or, if you do a lot of video or image editing, this could also be a particular nuisance when you’re trying to do so with accuracy.

If the standard height-adjustable mount is not something you’re interested in, the LG UltraFine also comes with a VESA mount, allowing you to attach it to an arm, which is a nice touch.

LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review

Like the MacBook, the LG UltraFine has a built-in ambient light sensor. This means it will automatically adjust the brightness according to the lighting of your surroundings, making it easier on the eyes. Despite a nice idea, this can also be an issue when undertaking intricate editing processes. You can turn off this feature if you need to.

If the MacBook Pro 720p camera was an issue for you, the LG UltraFine addresses this with its 1080p built-in webcam, making your video calls clearer, thus boosting higher overall quality.

Two built-in 5W speakers mean that the sound could be better. Sometimes you may notice that it sounds a little tinny. They are capable of loud volumes, but there’s just not a lot of substance to them. The microphone quality, on the other hand, is fantastic.

The LG UltraFine comes with three USB-C ports on the back, which you will likely need to utilize as it does not have an SD card reader or an ethernet port.

The monitor is very easy to set up, it’s as simple as plug and play with your 5K experience starting as soon as you plug in the Thunderbolt 3 connector. The same cable is used for powering both your Mac and the UltraFine monitor, meaning fewer cables and less mess.

Display Quality

There’s one word that displays the display quality of the LG UltraFine 5K monitor, and that word is “amazing”. It delivers 218 pixels per inch, resulting in a display that is incredibly clear, sharp, and pleasant on the eye.

The UltraFine has a 10-bit 1.07 billion color panel that fully supports P3 gamut, sRGB, and ninety-two percent of Adobe RGB. It manages to do all of this whilst still maintaining its 1200:1 contrast ratio at 500 cd/m2 brightness (at max).

LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review

If reflections of your screen are an issue that you find yourself struggling with, the LG UltraFine 5k monitor may be for you. It does a great job of keeping reflections to a minimum, especially when cranked up to its maximum 500 cd/m2 brightness settings, which makes the screen incredibly bright and eliminates all reflections.

It really is an impressive monitor when it comes to displaying quality. The rich, deep colors delivered 178-degree viewing angles of the IPS panel means the difference is very noticeable when placed next to another monitor.

Scaling is set at 200%, but this can be changed in the settings should you wish to do so.

The LG UltraFine is compatible with the “LG Screen Manager” app which is now available on the Mac App Store. This allows you to further tinker with the monitor’s settings and adjust everything from scaling to resolution, as well as install new firmware updates directly to it.

Performance

As far as performance goes, we put this monitor somewhere between the Thunderbolt and the Cinema Displays, meaning it is a good choice for a user who wants to bridge the gap but does not want to wait any longer for Apple to come out with a completely redesigned display.

LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review

As mentioned earlier, the speakers are a particular weakness and failed to impress. The webcam performs well, although certainly not the best available, it beats the Mac’s.

If you like to play games, the rich colors bring a whole new depth to them and highlight little details that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review – Verdict

The LG UltraFine 5K Monitor could be considered a little pricey for what it is, mainly down to the ‘Apple Tax’ when buying brand new. For this reason, it’s hard to recommend buying at full price, but definitely worth purchasing if on sale, or refurbished on Amazon.

If simplicity and ease of use is something that you look for in a monitor, then the LG UltraFine is the one for you, as it really couldn’t get any simpler than plugging it in straight out of the box.

Overall, the LG UltraFine 5K Monitor scores very high in all classes for the class that it is in, and you would not find yourself disappointed should you pick one up. The 5K image is spellbinding and will have you struggling to ever look at another monitor again.

That’s our LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor Review. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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